Inside the December 2018 Edition of US Lacrosse Magazine

Paul Rabil has surpassed the pinnacle of any collegiate player’s career. Since a record-breaking six-goal performance in Johns Hopkins’ 2008 NCAA championship loss to Syracuse, Rabil has talked of a tipping point for the game that would take the sport to a new level.

That time has come. 

Rabil sent shockwaves through the lacrosse world Oct. 22 when he announced the Premier Lacrosse League, which is backed by non-endemic investors and a broadcast agreement with NBC Sports Group. The PLL will debut as a six-team touring league June 1, 2019, traveling to 12 cities across the country while offering full-time wages and benefits. 

The December edition of US Lacrosse Magazine dives into everything you need to know about the PLL with the Rabils at the forefront. This issue marks Paul Rabil’s eighth appearance on the cover of US Lacrosse’s flagship publication, more than anyone else in the magazine’s 40-year history.

Also in this edition is the annual #BestOfLax package, anchored by a feature on Noelle Lambert’s miraculous return to the field since losing her left leg above the knee in a moped accident. On April 7 — one year, eight months and eight days since the accident — she delivered lacrosse’s most memorable moment of 2018, scoring a goal that became the shot heard ’round the world.


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Paul Rabil shook the lacrosse world to the core with the Oct. 22 launch of the Premier Lacrosse League, which he co-founded with his brother, Mike.

Megan Schneider
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From the CEO: Unsafe Assumptions
By Steve Stenersen

As US Lacrosse partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and created its own SafeSport program, Stenersen pens a letter about becoming vocal advocates to help ensure its widespread adoption in the best interest of the sport and the children who play it. 


Check out some of the top social media posts over the past few months, shedding light on US Lacrosse’s efforts to the grow the game.

From the Editor: Lacrosse and the Human Condition
By Matt DaSilva

For US Lacrosse Magazine’s Editor in Chief, 2018 was about the power of an athlete’s voice, including several black players’ accounts living as minorities in the sport, an official’s struggle with mental health and Paul Rabil’s vision for the pro game. 


Paul Rabil’s Bold New Venture
By Matt DaSilva

Everything you need to know about the Premier Lacrosse League.

Inside NLL Combine
By Megan Schneider

Three drills that help scouts find a diamond in the rough.

KO’s Sweet Tooth
By Megan Schneider

How acai bowls refuel Kylie Ohlmiller while also satisfying cravings. 

Less Fear, More Confidence
Sponsored by Swax Lax

A lacrosse mom develops a new ball for training. 

A Safer Sport
By Matt DaSilva

US Lacrosse requires background checks and abuse prevention training for coaches. 

Heart to Heart
By Matt DaSilva

NOCSAE and US Lacrosse work to reduce the risk of commotio cordis.

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A Bronx Tale
By Mark Macyk

A concrete jungle becomes unlikely lacrosse terrain. 

Holiday Gift Guide

Great gifts for the lacrosse enthusiast!

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
By Megan Schneider

Noelle Lambert never lost her fun-loving ways after losing her left leg above the knee in a moped accident. She delivered lacrosse’s most memorable moment of 2018.

Best of Lacrosse

The top performers, most meaningful images and biggest moments that gave you all the feels for 2018.

A Griffin’s Survival
By Jack Goods

Canisius captain Michael Sanzone nearly died on a 12-mile ROTC ruck. Juts months later, he’s back on the field. 

Fall Ball Focus

We checked in with several NCAA Division I programs during their offseason preparation for 2019.

Roc Star
By Jack Goods

The Knighthawks rebuilt around Joe Resetarits, and the American sniper has repaid them handsomely.

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Early Start on the Road to 2022
By Matt DaSilva

Why the legacy of this U.S. men’s team will reach beyond Israel. 

How To
Dig Yourself Out of Trouble
By Matt Hamilton

Master the art of the shovel pass like Kyle Hartzell.

How To
Let It Rip
By Megan Schneider

Team USA goalie Liz Hogan snags assists for her full-field clears.

Player Spotlight: Kasey Choma

Get to know the Notre Dame commit who made the U.S. under-19 women’s training team. 


Kailey Conry
Interview by Megan Schneider

Boston University’s thrill-seeking junior overcame the biggest obstacle.

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Rabil's PLL shook the lacrosse world, plus Lambert's goal was the most memorable moment of 2018.
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Paul Rabil lands on the cover of US Lacrosse Magazine for the eighth time following the announcement of the Premier Lacrosse League.
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On April 7, Noelle Lambert scored the most memorable goal of the year for UMass-Lowell.

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